Saturday, February 25, 2012

LA Times Joins the Fee Lineup

The Los Angeles Times will begin charging for access as of March 5. Readers unwilling to pay will still be able to read 15 stories in a 30-day period. I could do without the "membership" business but other than that, this is what a newspaper needs to do to survive. If you want good reporting, someone has to pay for it.
Here's how the Times reported it Friday:

Los Angeles Times launches new membership program

The Los Angeles Times will begin charging readers for access to its online news, joining a growing roster of major news organizations looking for a way to offset declines in revenue.

Starting March 5, online readers will be asked to buy a digital subscription at an initial rate of 99 cents for four weeks. Readers who do not subscribe will be able to read 15 stories in a 30-day period for free. There will be no digital access charge for subscribers of the printed newspaper.

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